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  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★½

    Racism as zone of psychological comfort... and film-making as a wake-up call...

    As a fan of Spike Lee, this review will sound awfully biased, but only to the extent that I’m preoccupied by the way intolerance infected many souls of civilization.

    Spike Lee is not a political director but a director who cares for politics to the degree that politics care for people. Ever since his “Do The Right Thing” in 1989, he never made any secrets about his political…

  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Life as an adventure in contemplation...

    "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" is quite a strange movie, but that strangeness is precisely what drew me into it, especially during the second viewing. The film doesn't make any fuss, it remains tacit and inoffensive, but it does so with such confidence that I could let myself be absorbed by the pacing which, as slow as it was, made the ending quite emotionally rewarding.

    The film was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz before…

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  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The misfortune of Hayao Miyazaki's "Kiki Delivery's Service" is its release the same year than Walt Disney's "Little Mermaid". Disney Renaissance wasn't definitely established and Miyazaki wasn't totally unknown, his "Nausicaa" and "My Neigbor Totoro" pleased both audiences and critics although their commercial success was notable at best, but there's something of a 'missed opportunity' in Kiki.

    Indeed, everyone praised "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away" as Miyazaki's greatest achievements but to put it simply, the 1989 offering of Stuido Ghibli…

  • Doctor Zhivago

    Doctor Zhivago

    ★★★★½

    Doctor Zhivago and Master Lean... two misunderstood poets...

    There's a scene where Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif) examines some organisms from his microscope, the doctor is interested but the poet is in awe of their beauty. That detail mirrors David Lean's own method: he's a man of art who cares less for interest than emotion. Like when a window behind Lara (Julie Christie) exposes a radiant sun. It is less the sun that is the "small touch" than the way Yuri…